Trusting the Future
12 May 2017
We welcome the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber to allow the Human Resources Manager and the Director of the Group's Transport Department to return home and prepare their defence against the allegations made against them.
However, we were shocked to learn of the Chamber’s decision to keep Mr Roland Jost, the Group's Managing Director, and the Secretary-General, in pre-trial detention. The lawyers of the two people involved have informed the company that they intend to appeal immediately.
We regret the Chamber’s decision, especially since Jost Group is cooperating and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities.
We would point out that the Pre-Trial Chamber has ruled only on the lawfulness of the pre-trial detention and not at all on the merits of the case. Jost Group would also remind readers that anyone is presumed to be innocent unless proved otherwise and regrets the unfounded and false information that has been reported about it.
While respecting the confidentiality of the investigation, we firmly refute the allegations that any social dumping may have occurred. Jost Group endeavours to comply with all the complex regulations, which has been acknowledged on a number of occasions in various courts. Given the shortage of drivers in Belgium and the highly competitive industry in which we operate, we work with people seconded from other European countries, as permitted by European regulations. The Group is also highly conscientious about the working conditions of all its employees.
Press Contact - Véronique Hustin, Head of Communications, Jost Group